We are drowning in grief, say heartbroken Brits with loved ones in Gaza facing death from incessant Israeli airstrikes

Britons with loved ones in Gaza say they are “drowning in grief” as Israeli airstrikes continue.

Five British Palestinians told a news conference in London that they had lost a total of 86 members of their extended family.

Wafaa Shamallakh mourns several family members who died in the attack on Gaza


Wafaa Shamallakh mourns several family members who died in the attack on GazaPhoto credit: Darren Fletcher

Mother-of-two Wafaa Shamallakh, 37, said her uncle’s family of 10, including a two-year-old boy, said three distant cousins ​​died in an airstrike yesterday.

But her worst day of the war was October 8, when her uncle’s family of ten “was wiped out in seconds,” including the two-year-old infant Omar.

Fighting back tears, Wafaa said: “What words can I use to describe the sorrow and anguish in which we are all drowning?

“We had Omar’s baby shower a few months ago.


“The only reconciliation is that he was found in his mother’s arms. She hugged him gently until his last breath. Mother’s love.”

Accountant Omar Mofeed said 40 members of his family had died, including retired judge Fatima Mokhallai, 75.

He said she and her husband Najar were killed when a rocket hit their home while they were sleeping.

Yasmine Ahmed of Human Rights Watch condemned Hamas for its massacre of Jews on October 7 and called for the perpetrators to be prosecuted.

But she accused Israel of “war crimes” over its attacks on Gaza.

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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